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Full text of "Flora Indica Vol-I"

62                                            FL011A   1NDIOA.
d. An immense collection of Ferns sent to Sir William
Hooker by Mr. Griffith.
We believe that some of this lamented botanist's collec-
tions still remain in the vaults of the India House, but their
contents are unknown to us; perhaps they contain the Ira-
wadi collections, and those of Tcnasscrim and Murtaban, which
are a great desideratum to science.
Now that we arc on. the subject of Mr. Griffith's botanical
labours, we feel it incumbent upon us to record our sincere,
regret at not being able to quote regularly the posthumously-
published drawings and observations of that indefatigable na-
turalist. It is well known that these manuscripts were* not
left iu a fit state for publication, and thai to have edited them
properly, required a very able and careful botanist, veil \ersed
in the Indian flora especially. It is a most unfortunate cir-
cumstance for the fame of Gritlith, and the credit of all parties
concerned, that what lias been published is not available for
the purposes of science. Even in the folio volume on the
Palms of British East India, the materials for which were
left in a tolerably perfect state, the errors of all kinds are so
numerous aud involved, that it cannot bo consulted without
the greatest caution; and, as we have said above, the speci-
mens distiibuted, whether by Air. Griffith or the East India
Company, iiot bearing the numbers of his printed catalogue,
we have, iu an overwhelming number of instances*, no means
of identifying his plants with his notes of their locality, habit,
etc., except in the rave instances where the brief descriptions
contained iu his 'Itinerary Notes' enable us to do so. Our
own opinion of Mr, Griffith's exertions and botameul attain-
ments is, that lie has never been surpassed iu Jndia; and we
wish all the more to give publicity to this opinion, because
the circumstances alluded to prevent that repeated acknowledg-
ment of the value of his writings, which would have appeared
everywhere in our work, had lu> own been so edited m to
render this possible. We, cannot conclude, thi* uutiee of lib
labours, without a regret that he w*w not »pnr**'Jt both to edit